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Staff Spotlights, 2018-19

Each month, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences shares tributes to staff and how their efforts make a difference across our many departments, programs and centers.


Nicole Reiz, Graduate Professional Development Coordinator, College Office of Graduate Affairs

Nicole Reiz

As the College's first professional development coordinator, Nicole has helped expand the College's support of graduate students as they make the transition from student to professional. Nicole has created the College's professional development website as well as other resources for students. "Nicole has gone above and beyond for hundreds of graduate students and their professional development," said Casey Keel, graduate teaching and communications assistant for the Department of English. "She organizes events that provide graduate students with the opportunity to network with Ph.D. graduates that are not employed in higher education. Nicole has had such a significant influence on me as a person and as a professional."

Kristine Latta, Director of College Office of Graduate Affairs, adds, "Nicole has accomplished so much in such a short time, developing a range of programming and offering one-on-one support to students across the College. She is truly committed to working with students to help them explore and prepare for a range of careers."


Sarah Thomas, administrative assistant, Department of Visual Art

Sarah Thomas

Visual Art has experienced a tumultuous year, but Sarah has provided a steady hand in navigating through two flooded facilities, a tragic faculty death and challenges within the department’s complex scholarship awarding process. She helped shape thoughtful responses to each of these needs and challenges, and she was present and accountable in offering creative action and solutions, even in the face of her busy life as a part-time, degree-seeking student. “As a new chair, I've greatly relied on Sarah for institutional memory and for feedback on my newly forming approach to being chair,” said Chair of Visual Art Matthew Burke. “Sarah is perennially dependable and treats all staff, students and faculty with respect and compassion.”